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Dawson's delight

Posted on 12 August 2010  - 12:00

Michael Dawson is delighted to have finally won his first senior England cap after Wednesday night's 2-1 friendly win over Hungary at Wembley.

Michael Dawson is delighted to have finally won his first senior England cap after Wednesday night's 2-1 friendly win over Hungary at Wembley.

The popular defender was first named in a Three Lions squad by Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2006 and has been on the fringes of the national side ever since, including an inclusion in Fabio Capello's squad for this summer's World Cup.

But he had to wait until half-time on Wednesday to finally make his international bow, coming on as a substitute for John Terry at the break and partnering Everton's Phil Jagielka at the back for the second half.

And despite being given the 'unlucky for some' No.13 shirt, ‘Daws' insists the memento from a landmark night in his career will still take pride of place.

Back at Spurs Lodge on Thursday, he said: "It was great to be running out there at half-time to win my first cap having been given the nod to get my shirt on.

"The text messages and best wishes I was getting before the game were great and after the game as well, everyone's chuffed for me.

"Of course there were nerves. You're going to play for your country, no matter whether it's a friendly or a qualifier, your debut or not.

"But it's been a long wait for me to get that first cap and I've been wanting it for many a year, so it was a great feeling and I enjoyed it.

"The shirt will be getting framed and going on my wall. It could have been a better number but we won't complain, eh!"

However, many a critic will be quick to judge Michael's debut as one to forget following his role in Hungary's opener on the night.

Michael's 62nd minute slip allowed the visitors to attack and a deflection off Jagielka took Zoltan Gera's cross past goalkeeper Joe Hart. Despite ‘Daws' appearing to recover to clear off the line, the goal stood.

Many would be quick to point out that the goal should never have been, but ‘Daws' is typically honest in his assessment of the moment - which was soon cancelled out by Steven Gerrard's double strike.

"I'm always critical of myself. I have high standards and I put the goal down to myself as well. It got away from me and Gera was running at ‘Jags'. He got the ball in and, whether it should have been a goal or not, I will always look at myself.

"Everyone's been saying that it shouldn't have been a goal but it came from me and that will stick. But that's life, you've got to move on and Saturday will come soon enough."